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FOREST GROVE, Ore. – The Whittier College Baseball ended their Spring Break trip to the Pacific Northwest Saturday splitting with Pacific (Ore.) ending a four game series with the Boxers.
The Purple & Gold finished the week 4-2 and improve to 10-9, 2-4 SCIAC.
Game 1 (L, 10-2)
Whittier tied things up in game one in the 5th but saw the Boxers score the final eight runs to pull off the 10-2 win. WC trailed 2-0 after the 3rd but managed to get two back over the 4th and 5th. They got their first on three hits coming from Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR), Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.), and Dane Goodman (Ross, Calif.). Then the very next inning Krska drove in River Danner (Seal Beach, Calif.) with a single up the middle.
Austin Correia (San Diego, Calif.) was charged with the loss going 4.2 innings giving up two earned runs on five hits. He also struck out three as he drops to 0-2.
Whittier collected 11 hits on the day with Krska going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Danner who came in to replace Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) had a strong day going 3-for-3 scoring once and Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was 2-for-5.
Game 2 (W, 12-7)
The Poets bounced back in the nightcap using a seven spot in the top half of the 9th for the come from behind victory. The Purple & Gold got on top 3-0 after their opening at bats. They needed two hits from Krska and Alexander Jelloian (Chatsworth, Calif.), along with walks from Tuerffs and Blansett and a wild pitch to take an early lead.
Pacific got two back in the bottom half of the inning and then added a pair in the 2nd to go on top 4-3. They tacked on insurance in the 4th to extend the lead to 5-3. Then in the 7th WC started their comeback with Jacob DeLongchamp (Beaumont, Calif.) blasting a solo shot that cut the deficit to 5-4. In the 8th Whittier added the game-tying run with Blansett tripling to center that plated Krska. But the Boxers were able to respond going back on top 6-5 in the bottom half of the inning.
Trailing by one in the 9th the Poets put together their biggest comeback of the season stringing together seven runs on seven hits. After a pop-out Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) started things off drawing a walk before moving up to second with a Tuerffs single to second base. Krska followed with a base knock to center, which loaded the bases and then the flood gates opened. Blansett singled to left bringing in two. Jacob Bauer singled to right and was followed by base hits from Jelloian, Goodman, and Danner that made it a six-run game.
Pacific was able to get one back in the their half of the frame but it wouldn't be enough to complete the comeback.
Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) got the start for the Poets but lasted just 1.1 innings giving up four runs on five hits. After another three relievers Justin Kottinger (Stockton, Calif.) came in and picked up his first win of 2019 throwing the final 1.2 innings giving up a run on a hit.
Krska finished 2-for-4, scoring three times. Blansett was 2-for-4 scoring twice and driving in three and Jelloian was 2-for-4 with a run scored and four RBI's. Danner who was the DH for the game was 2-for-5 with two runs batted in and Goodman was 2-for-5 with a run.
Whittier returns to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play next weekend, March 29-30 when they open a three-game series with Claremont-M-S. They travel for a single game on Friday before hosting the Stags for a doubleheader on Saturday.